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March 5, 2013

Tough man to catch

(Continued)

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —

About the only consistency comes from his answers.

“It’s not that far off,” Woods said when asked to compare his game at the Honda Classic with Torrey Pines. “I feel like I’m probably just not quite driving it as well. My iron game is pretty good and my short game is way better than it was at Torrey. I feel very comfortable with my putting, so I need to obviously get it in play a little bit more and attack from there, because everything else is pretty good.”

Except that he hit 65 percent of his fairways at PGA National and 57 percent of his fairways at Torrey Pines.

Woods pointed to his mistakes at the Honda Classic as painting a distorted view of how he played. Four shots because of lost balls. Four shots from his water balls. All this is true, except every player can say the same thing.

You have to wonder if Woods has a different outlook at this stage in his career. No doubt he wants to win every time he plays, but perhaps his performance at regular events takes on less significance to him, as long as his game is sharp and he peaks for the majors.

And that can’t be measured for another 38 days.

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